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. and abc2 news tori dunham is in washington with how paul ryan and vice president joe biden are weighing in. >> reporter: the count done is on. >> joe biden will probably come after me with a -- like a cannon ball. >> reporter: vice president joe biden and paul ryan will face- off thursday in kentucky. romney's widely applauded presidential debate performance upped the ante for ryan. >> look how well he did. so he raised the bar. >> reporter: biden might be take cues from the denver debate about the obama campaign don't expect him to make up for the president's showing last week. he is prepping for four days at his home in delaware leading up to the big night. >> i am looking forward to it. i am. the thing about congressman ryan is he's been straightforward up to now. i hope it will be a good debate. >> reporter: that is chance for both vice presidential candidates to pay the role of attack dog in a radio interview on monday paul ryan said he he can expect joe biden to come flying with the attacks. in washington, i am tori dunnan now back to you. >> later this morning, ed reed host the thir
's ryan vitale going headlong into a deer. >> it looks like he did grab on to the deer. >> ryan clearly saw the deer coming, tried to brace for it, but what do you do? this is in a second of the course that's pretty fast. riders expect to get up to 40 miles per hour. >> on a skateboard? >> and this is not a slow collision. this appears to scare the deer out and into his path. we got in touch with ryan. he denied our request for an interview saying i really don't it want to be interviewed, all of this stuff is crazy. zach is a two-time winner of this race. he joins us via skype. explain what it takes to go 40 miles an hour down a hill on a skateboard. >> really, it just takes knowing your skills and you have the confidence to let it run every time. >> how many things can go wrong when you're flying down a hill on a long board? >> there's a thousand ways to crash a car. there's a thousand ways to crash a skateboard. timing was poor. he hit it and took it down. >> did you see anything happen? did you hear about it? did it make you think twice? >> we heard about it over the aid y radio at t
revenue, there's no answer. i mean, let's be clear. paul ryan a week ago was asked about the math for this and paul ryan, said, look, the math takes too long. well, mitt romney's solution is he just decided there wasn't math involved in this problem and that's absolutely crazy. look, the only thing he outlined that he would cut in the budget is big bird. you know, he's taken the battle straight to "sesame street" and let wall street run hog wild. it was a masterful manyperformance. it was fundamentally honest to the american people and if you're willing to say anything to get elected president, willing to make up your positions and walk away from them i think the american people have to understand how can they trust you if you are elected president. >> the vice presidential debate. joe biden coming up. he stepped in it a little bit this week with the comment about the middle class being buried the last four years. take a look. >> how they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify
those costly mistakes. >> paul ryan could be nervous, going up against a 40-year vet. >>> the next u.s. senator in connecticut is very close. the battle between the republican linda mcmahon and chris murphy has been particularly nasty. their debate yet no different. >> i think obama care was put into place to bring down the cost curve on health care and that's not what is happening. insurance premiums is going up and the cost of health care is going up, and we are going to add 10 million more people to the health care roles. >> let's fix the bill and make it right and not repeal it. you can't preserve the good parts while getting rid of the parts you don't like, and that can't happen. >> the two are vying for the seat now held by lieberman, an independent now retiring. >>> and then a drone shot down after it crossed into israeli territory over the weekend. nobody was injured in the incident. the unmanned plane was not carrying explosives and was not a surveyance drone. officials don't believe it originated from palestinian area. the immediate suspect is hezbollah, according to one re
. >> the guys from bad lip-reading are back. this time paul ryan is their victim, vice presidential candidate for the republican. these are all videos from paul ryan's video diary. >> look at them 40 pieces while sipping soda and we'll sing chicago. >> head over to our website, rightthisminute.com and click on. >> best of rtm. >>> at number six, everyone in the pool. >> i have a couple of videos from across the pond and uk. this one i'm sure you've not seen before. this is a man being dragged out of a pool by two fully dressed uniformed police officers. >> did he fall asleep while swimming? >> apparently he was causing a nuisance in the pool. he reportedly was screaming at kids swimming around because they were splashing water. sounds like maybe he had a temper. >> you know the cops are ticked. soaking wet now. >> eventually it was determined there really was nothing to do here so they ended up giving him a ride to his house. >> that is the weirdest story ever. >> some dude put on grumpy trunks. you're in a pool in the middle of the afternoon. what have you got to be sad about. >> this is our
. the president has to have a great performance in the second. and so does joe biden against paul ryan this coming week in kentucky. >> it's all about the undecided voters. we have one more jobs report after this one. let's assume that the economy remains sort of tepid and growing slowly. how much does a small drop in the unemployment rate really affect undecided voters? >> it creates a psychological barrier, breaking below 8%. and the issue is less the actual number than the trend. and the fact is we're moving in the right direction. not as fast as some folks would like. but it gives reason for hope. so, again, this is a statistical talisman that tells people we're moving in the right direction. >> talk about the vice presidential debate coming up this thursday. is that likely to have any immaterial pact on the trajectory of this race? >> it could have one. if paul ryan wins this debate, that gives the romney camp a strong argument. mitt romney trying to move towards the center, like successful candidates ultimately do. there's going to be a lot of fireworks. you have a policy wonk in paul ryan.
. we have joe and mr. ryan going at it. >> that will be interesting. you think if they had britney spears as a moderator, that might have been a little more interesting, she would have broken it down, instead of jim lehrer. >> whatever it takes to keep american's attention. >>> foreign news this morning, u.n. security council is condemning syria after artillery strike on a turkish border town that killed five civilians. syria apologized. fears of cross border war triggered protests. police used tear gas and water cannons to barack reak up prote thousands. >>> struggling to put out a wildfire. the fire fueled by bone dry conditions quickly scorched 150 acres. some people in shelton, 40 miles from seattle, were forced from their homes. others were put on notice to be ready to get out. >>> american airlines is canceling dozens of flights just before the holiday weekend. as it scrambles to fix loose passenger seats. airline executives are not blaming the problem on its own work force. they claim it is a combination of wear, poor design and spilled soda, can you believe that, causing se
pressure is now on vice president biden, a win by congressman paul ryan could create a dynamic of energized challengers squaring off against tired incumbents. and, diane, vice president biden is in debate prep holed off in a delaware hotel reading the book that ryan co-authored contract young guns" and practicing the attack lines the president did not use. there is more room for vice presidential candidates to use those attack lines because their approval ratings do not matter as much. diane? >> jake, as you said, the pressure really on and governor romney tried to keep it coming today taking aim at the president's foreign policy and abc's david muir is here with that. david? >> governor romney with harsh criticism saying hope is not a strategy. so tonight hear romney's speech and we ask what are the real policy differences? mitt romney with harsh words for the president offering his own view of a greater american role around the world. >> our friends and allies across the globe don't want less american leadership, they want more. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest distinction, on syria. romn
is romney's biggest vulnerability. most voters believe he favors the rich. obama tried to portray the romney/ryan plan for medicare in that light. >> when you move to a voucher system you are putting seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies and over time if traditional medicare has decayed or fallen apart then they're stuck. >> romney zeroed in on obama's vulnerability unpopularity of his health care plan in his sense he took his eye off the economic ball when he pushed for it. terry moran, abc news, new york. >> debate coverage continues now with abc's senior washington editor rick klein. >> rick, good morning. pundits on beth side of the aisle giving this to romney. we are expecting zingers, style, not substance, a whole lot of spinach on the plate. did it work? >> couple think-tank presidents tangling there. so many studies and reports and facts and figures. i think both candidates know, voters out there want specifics, so they came loaded to bear with more specifics than most can handle. one thing that seemed lacking to me, any sense of humanity, actually touching peoples lives. in the
leave cole doll to go to virginia. he can campaigning with paul ryan. no surprise, all of those happen to be what is considered a key battleground state. >> he is back in virginia again and we know what that's about again? >> reporter: he was in virginia today campaigning. his campaign also put out a press release saying he will be back on monday. he is scheduled to give what they are calling a major foreign policy speech. we know one of the next debates will focus on foreign policy. we know one debate down, now the expectation game starts again. who has the most to loose, here is something to remember. since 1984, not one single candidate has scored more than 60% on the question who won the debate. that's nobody until last night when 67% of the people who watched the debate said they gave the win to romney. it's a first. >> all right. thank you for that report. we will check back with you tomorrow. >>> tonight 15 people including a doctor are chasing charges in a medicare fraud scheme. it involved 23.2 million in false billing. they paid cash, kick backs to medicare people in exchan
the romney/ryan plan for medicare in that light. >> when you move to a voucher system, you are putting seniors at the mercy of those insurance companies. and over time, if traditional medicare has decayed or fallen apart, then they're stuck. >> reporter: for his part, romney zeroed in on what may be obama's big vulnerability, the unpopularity of his health care plan and the sense that he took his eye off the economic ball when he pushed for it. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> reporter: president obama and governor romney have been battling it out on the stump, barnstorming the swing states and flooding the air waves with increasingly negative ads. >> obama quietly ended work requirements for welfare. you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. >> reporter: in the cross hairs, on the stump and in the obama ad
. >>> a high school student says she felt hugh mill -- humiliated about how a teacher react to her romney ryan t- shirt. she wore a campaign t sheeter to class last week. she says the geometry teacher called in an assistant who pretended to draw on her shirt with a marker and then demanded she take her shirt off. >> the teacher said. [audio not understandable] >> a person in her position would take advantage of my daughter like that. and you know, in front of her peers and makes her feel bad. >> the teacher has been temporarily reassigned but. [audio not understandable] students started bullying her. a spokesperson for the school say she has a right to wear the t-shirt and did nothing wrong. >>> a lot of experts are saying that mitt romney won the debate on wednesday. , if you asked al gore he has a different explanation. he says that that it could be his own debate performance. he said he only arrived in the mile high sighty the day of the debate -- high city the day of the debate so according to gore he had a few hours to adjust to the city's altitude which stretches the mile above sea level
into the boards and broke the glass. he wasn't hurt and the titans went on to win 4-1. >>> ryan thompson took his girlfriend up in a plane to see chicago. midway, he told her the plane was in trouble and told her to read the emergency instructions. as the plane goes down, it says begin wing engagement procedureturns out it was a proposal prank. she wasn't upset. she accepted the proposal. >> i might have to think twice. >> where's the parachute, i'm out of here. >> she said yes. she said yes, so maybe she knows better than we do. >>> dense fog a good possibility oh, so just give your -- overnight, so give yourself a little extra time in the morning. be careful with that fog tomorrow morning. >> still some rain in the forecast. >> we'll see you tomorrow. have a good one. krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with the... number of students that we have. resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean hundreds of millions of dollars... for schools...from gaming
admission that the middle-class has been hurt by the obama administration's policies. congressman paul ryan pounced. >> of course the middle-class has been buried, buried by regulations, buried by taxes, buried by borrowing, they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to dig himself out. >> the middle class was buried by the policies of romney and the ryan supported. >> reporter: except for debate prep, a politics-free day for contenders. romney had lunch at chipotle. president obama paid a visit to the hoover dam. both have spent hours in debate sessions and both have challenges. aide say the president is working on keeping his answers short to not sound like professor obama. in order to win over undecided voters, romney needs to appear relatable and offer specifics on his agenda. >> he has to find something more than just discussing how bad the economy is or blaming the president for how much the economy continues to struggle. >> reporter: all the prep works come done to just 90 minutes. both candidates, one stage in a high-stakes showdown. k
, and beside him, paul ryan celebrating romney's debate last night. tonight, new questions about whether or not romney is trying to modify his message a bit with that much larger audience. starting onto a different denver stage today, mitt romney, his sons leading the applause, reveling in their father's debate performance. >> the american people last nighwere given a choice. >> reporter: how did romney get ahead last night? by aggressively taking on the president, part of the romneys stra. >>>. moments like this one, as the two debated the debt. >> but in my view, the president should have grabbed it, if he wanted to make some adjustments to it, take it, go to congress, fight for it. >> that's what we've done. made some adjustments and we're putting it forward to congress right now. >> but you've been president four years. >> reporter: on that stage in front of a much broader audience than usual, romney doing something else. appearing more moderate. on cutting taxes, even for the rich, the tone, different. during the primary -- >> i said today, we're going to cut taxes on everyone, acro
long for paul ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle-class, over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means, we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows the race for president is still very close, which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the election. brandi hitt, abc news, denver. >> thanks to brandi hitt. abc's coverage of tonight's debate begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> now, we turn to the trouble at american airlines. and actually progress on two fronts this morning. there is new movement in the bitter labor dispute between the airline and its pilots union. and also, the mystery of the seats that came loose during three, separate flights may have been solved. abc's tahman bradley is tracking all of the developments. good morning, tahman. that safety issue with those loose seats. what are we hearing now? >> reporter: well, rob, american airlines is now blaming the loose seats on clamps that were not installed properly. e
mate republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan. that's happening at a rally in fisherville, virginia. >>> 4:45 right now. taking a look at the events in our area this thursday. tonight, a prayer vigil will be held honoring those who were killed by the dc snipers. it's going to take place at the goshen united methodist church in gaithersburg. this month marks the tenth anniversary of the deadly attacks that brought terror to the region for nearly a month. >>> m&t bank stadium will be buzzing today but not because of a ravens game. instead hundreds of veterans and military spouses are expected to fill the stadium for the hire our heroes expo. the goal is to get men and women who served our country get them back to work by connecting them with the fellow military friendly employers. it will take place today from 11:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. once again it's going to be taking place at the m&t bank stadium. >>> an exciting day for the ronald mcdonald house. every broom there is getting a new mattress donated by tempur- pedic. baltimore city firefighters are
on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: paul ryan pounced. >> vice president biden, just today, said that the middle class over the last four years has been quote buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. >> reporter: the vice president later said that the middle class pain was due to bush policiepol. the debate symbolizes a problem for the president. the economic collapse happened under bush, but four years later, families are still hurting. many in the middle class are barely treading water. all fodder for tomorrow night's debate in denver. the first lady is make her way there. first she stopped in ohio. where early voting began today. >> are we going sit back and watch everything we worked for and fought for to just slip way? >> reporter: ann romney got to colorado before her. >> we have a debate comes up. we're excited about that. we're focused. >> reporter: family members' nerves are on edge, as josh romney confided to diane in august. >> i hate the debates. trying to sit there
is holed up in a delaware hotel room, engaged in debate prep. while paul ryan got some unexpected debate prep of his own with a reporter from our flint, michigan, affiliate. >> the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunities in the inner cities. to help teach people good discipline, good character. that is civil society. that's what charities and civic groups and churches do, to help one another. >> and do that by cutting taxes? with a big tax cut? >> those are yours, not mine. >> thank you very much, sir. >> yeah. that was strange. >> reporter: the obama campaign, also seeking to mock mitt romney for his pledge to eliminate funding for pbs, by portraying him in a tv ad, by personally going after big bird. the ad says, mitt romney taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest. george? >> we've not seen the end of that. jake, thank you very much. >>> diane sawyer and i will have live coverage of the next big debate. the v.p. candidates go at it this thursday, at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> let's go to josh and the other top stories. >> goo
your spirit. this is a video about paul ryan. this is more about his assets as a physically attractive male. >> well, it's important to be in shape. >> check out these videos at our website, rightthisminute.com 2a click on -- >> best of rtm. >>> take a look at this fire that was caught on film by winnipeg news in canada. you see black smoke, but watch. >> oh! >> it's like a volcano!yú rñ th stores fuel. this is near speedway international in winnipeg. it took more than 60 firefighters and 19 fire trucks to help get this under control. as you can imagine, the area surrounding this warehouse was evacuated. fortunately, no injuries were reported. this fire began after close of business on monday. >> those flames were like 200 feet in the air, like big fire clouds. >> this fire required a military foam suppression unit to try to get this under control. this fire caused $15 million in damage. >> oh [ bleep ]. >> this fire was captured by a construction worker and at this point you see a dark black cloud coming from the second story of this home. but look at what happens just a few second
presented by congressman ryan, your running mate, is that we would give a voucher to seniors and they could go out in the private marketplace and buy their own health insurance. the problem is that because the voucher wouldn't necessarily keep up with health care inflation, it was estimated that this would cost the average senior $6,000 a year. now, in fairness, what governor romney has now said he'll maintain traditional meld care alongside it. but there's still a problem, because whapgs t happens is, th insurance companies figure out who are the younger and healthier seniors? they recruit them, leaving the older, sicker seniors in medicare and every health care economist who looks at it says, over time, the traditional medicare system will collapse. and then, what you've got is, folks like my grandmother, at the mercy of the private insurance system, precisely at the time when they are most in need of decent health care. i don't think vouchers are the right way to go. and this is not my -- only my opinion. aarp thinks that the savings that we obtained from medicare bolstered the system, l
performance that's rallied republicans. paul ryan, taking away from his own debate prep. >> last night, america got to see the man i know. a leader. >> reporter: the president, meanwhile, in the battleground leaning his way, wisconsin. speaking before a crowd of more than 30,000, his biggest crowd of the campaign yet. more energized than during the debate. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: many supporters asking, why wasn't the president tougher? why no mention of romney and his comments about the 47%? the people romney said he could never convince to take personal responsibility. romney offering new explanation for those comments overnight. >> why didn't president obama bring that up? what would you have said if he did bring it up? >> clearly, in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands of speeches, and question and answer sessions,
changed and changed numbers as well. >> i think, paul ryan's fourth debate since he has been in congress. definitely new to that game. joe biden has been around, 40-plus years in the senate. >> a long time. pressure on both. for sure. >> it will be high drama. one month after the deadly attack on the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans in benghazi we were learning more about security fears leading up to the assault. state department documents show the u.s. embassy in libya asked for a four-month extension for a 16-member security team and the team's commander tells abc news, that ambassador chris stevens wanted the security force to stay even longer, past august. but no request was actually received. in fact, a request for an extension past august, it was, never made even though it had been confirmed and it was granted. but they had never actually put that request through. but tragic, if indeed that request was never made. >> conditions in the country were worsening. of course, 9/11 a vulnerable time for us here domestically and interests abroad. interesting too what congr
showing bible verses during games. now, headed to court. ryan owens has the story. >> reporter: in this small texas town, they worship two things. god and football. so, perhaps it only seemed natural the cheerleading squad without paint bible verses on the banners the players run through for every game. >> we find it encourages the boys. >> reporter: but it apparently offended someone. the unidentified person complained to an atheist group saying the bible banners advocated a particular religion. and that's unconstitutional. >> it's not a christian school. and they cannot misuse their authority. >> reporter: in response, the school superintendent forced them to stop the scriptures. so, the cheer leaders put down the pom-poms and picked up a phone. calling the attorney. he says that the banners are not school-sponsored. that the girls came up with the idea by looking at the social networking website, pinterest. >> it was student-led. >> reporter: this community is cheering for the cheerleaders. signs of support are all over town and online. this facebook page dedicated to their
by tax policies put in by republicans. ones that romney and ryan want to go back to. but criticism of what's happened to the middle-class over the last four years is one that ryan and romney jumped on. >> matthew dowd, what is a win for each candidate tonight? >> mitt romney has to show up and be confidenpassionate and connect with the audience. but really, he has to put the president on the defensive. he needs to turn this race into a referendum on the president. >> and the president? >> i think the president's all about his mannerisms and his style at this point. i think he can't come across as irritable. he can't come across as impatient. he has to act that he wants to be there, maybe with a lot of smyt smiles. he can't come off out of touch. >> do you think the moderator, jim leher comes up? >> i think mitt romney would make a mistake if he brought it up. >>> let's get to josh elliott and the rest of the morning headlines. >> we're going to get to the desperate scene in northwest minnesota. half of a town forced to flee as wildfires threatened homes there. heavy winds and droug
.p. candidates, joe biden and paul ryan go at it this thursday, 9:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific. >>> and new information this morning about that attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that did kill the u.s. ambassador. abc news has retained a memo that raised questions about whether the state department rejected warnings from its own staff. jake tapper joins us this morning with those details. good morning, jake. >> good morning to you, josh. that's right, this memo detai all the way that they thought the operations were vital. and the commander told me he wanted to stay past august and ambassador chris stevens wanted them to stay as well. >> reporter: in the memo obtained exclusively by abc news, the embassy in libya did not mince words requesting that the state department keep the 16-member security support team in the country. quite simply, we cannot maintain our existing levels of embassy operations without a continued support team present, the memo says. that request was granted. after that, security in libya deteriorated further with western target attacks. now the commander of the secu
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